Microsoft just announced its new Surface Pro 4 tablet, which officially launches later this month on Oct. 26.
The company says it’s made this tablet more powerful than its predecessor while also making it thinner and lighter.
I had the chance to use the tablet for a short period of time after the event. The screen is slightly larger than that of the Surface Pro 3, although the device itself is actually slimmer.
That’s because the bezels on the new Surface are thinner than that of the previous model, so Microsoft was able to fit more screen space without actually increasing the size of the tablet.
Take a look at the Surface Pro 4 below.
Now look at the Surface Pro 3. Notice how the black border around the screen is slimmer on the Surface Pro 4 above than it is on the Surface Pro 3 below.
It felt super thin and light too — I easily held it with one hand and it didn’t feel heavy even in the slightest.
I only spent a short amount of time with the tablet, so I didn’t get to really get an idea of how much faster it is than the Surface Pro 3. One of the big things I noticed immediately, however, is that Microsoft has drastically improved the TypeCover keyboard it sells for the Surface. The new case, which will work with the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Pro 4, feels much more like a real keyboard.
It’s a bit sturdier than the last TypeCover case, and the keys themselves are actually designed differently. You’ll notice there’s more space between the keys, and the keys actually feel deeper when you press them. The trackpad is larger, too.
In general, the new Surface seems like a modest step up from its predecessor — it’s the same general design, but with a faster processor, more storage options (you can now get up to 1TB), more memory, and a slightly larger screen. If you already have a Surface Pro 3, it may not be worth upgrading to the new Pro 4 unless you really find yourself looking for something a bit more powerful.